North American Indian Center of Boston Grandparents' Resource Guide


Total wellness requires a healthy mind, body and spirit - all qualities that are characteristic of American Indian traditional teachings. This may seem challenging in an inner city environment but training in cultural sensitivity is now standard in the health care industry. Don't be afraid to insist that your cultural needs be met along with your health care needs.

General Health

  • Action for Boston Community Development

    178 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

    ABCD's programs serve individuals and families at every stage of their lives. Services include child care, youth services, education, family and elder services, fuel assistance, health care, housing, job training, money management, and nutrition counseling.

  • MassHealth

    Provides assistance for the financially needy to obtain high-quality health care that is affordable and promotes independence.

  • Native American Lifelines (NAL)

    2077 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132

    Drop in center with peer support and intervention programing, provides substance abuse prevention programs, mental health treatment, case management and transportation within 10 miles of the center to the American Indian community. This is an Indian Health Services program and requires participants be members of a federally acknowledged tribe.

  • Dimock Center

    55 Dimock Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

    An urban community center providing a variety of health and human services including health care, screenings and immunizations with specialized clinics in OB/GYN, HIV/AIDs, eye care and dental care. The center also includes Child and Family Development programs and a Behavioral Health Program treating mental illness, developmental delay, substance abuse and violence issues.

  • AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center

    125 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130

    The Lodge serves as a "home away from home" for patients traveling more than 40 miles to their outpatient cancer treatments. There is no charge to stay at Hope Lodge, for either the patient or his or her caregivers.

Mental Health

  • A comprehensive listing of mental health programs and services available in the Greater Boston area can be found on this online resource.

  • Community Services Institute

    540 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132

    CSI is a full service private mental health clinic with 20 years experience delivering therapy visits to Medicaid families in the Boston area. They specialize in psychotherapy delivered to families in their homes and their services include psychiatric evaluation, medication monitoring, psychological testing, and specialty parenting and risk evaluations. CSI pioneered the use of home-based psychotherapy to stabilize children living in high-risk community families or substitute care homes. CSI is dedicated to keeping families together in the community safely.

  • McLean Hospital

    115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478

    The premier psychiatric hospital in the region offering a variety of programs and services including substance abuse treatment.

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  • Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center

    85 E Newton Street, Boston, MA 02118

    This state run behavioral health facility providing direct patient care.